Speakers

The Speakers Bureau is designed to make it easy to provide quality Masonic Education at your lodge meeting. This tool allows you to search for Masonic speakers by name, topic, or geographic area. Simply choose a speaker from the list provided at right or filter your search by using the search menu function below.

PLEASE READ: Once you have found a speaker that fits your needs click on the “Contact Speaker” icon and make your request. This begins a correspondence between you and the speaker that allows you to schedule him to come to your lodge. Remember to include you lodges location, meeting time, and any other pertinent information that will facilitate the request. When corresponding with a potential speaker, please remember to use the "REPLY ALL" feature of your email, so the speaker and facilitators will all be kept up-to-date and aware of the progress of your request. And, if possible, let your speaker present as early during the communication as possible and offer him the option to return home following his presentation, especially since he may have travelled a long distance. Also, please remember these men have volunteered their time and travel expenses for this service. Good meals and gas cards are appropriate gifts for the speakers' service, if your lodge so chooses to honor your speaker.

These brothers are excellent, vetted presenters and experts on their respective topics. Having one of these men present in your lodge will make for a better lodge experience. Utilize this tool in conjunction with the "8 Easy Steps to a Vibrant Lodge Education Program" to create excitement in your lodge. For questions or assistance, please contact project coordinator Tony Rathbone.

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Jeff Hensley

Chief Development Officer, North Carolina Masonic Foundation

Cary, NC—statewide travel radius

Available Programs: 1) What is the NC Masonic Foundation; 2) Fundraising 101; 3) Masonic Charities in North Carolina

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Gary Handy

Walnut Cove, NC—50 mile travel radius

Past Master of Walnut Cove Lodge No. 629 and Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, Past District Deputy Grand Master

Available Programs: 1) Symbolism of the Deacon's Staves; 2) Structure and meaning of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Order of DeMolay

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Don Kehler

Greensboro, NC—60 mile travel radius

Past Master of Bula Lodge No. 409, Past Grand Lecturer, Grand Lodge Officer

Available Programs: 1) Lodge Finances and Structure; 2) Certified Lecturer Program; 3) Charitable Giving, Wills and Estate Planning

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Gene Cobb (LIMITED AVAILABILITY IN 2017 )

(DUE TO SCHEDULING GM COBB IS LIMITED IN THE NUMBER OF PROGRAMS HE CAN PRESENT IN 2017)

Sanford, NC—please contact for avaliability

Deputy Grand Master, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past Master of Royal White Hart Lodge No. 2

Available Programs: 1) William Richardson Davie: Soldier, Statesman, Freemason; 2) The Nerveless Grasp: Masonic Funeral Rites

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Benjamin Wallace (LIMITED AVAILABILITY IN 2017)

(DUE TO SCHEDULING BRO. BEN IS LIMITED IN THE NUMBER OF PROGRAMS HE CAN PRESENT IN 2017)

Troy, NC50 mile travel radius

Past Master of Blackmer Lodge No. 127 and Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, Certified Lecturer, GL Education Committee Chairman

Available Programs: 1) Allegory and Symbolism; 2) The Stuart Dynasty and Freemasonry; 3) Masonic Education: An Overview of North Carolina's Opportunities

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Dan Rice

Elon, NC—100 mile travel radius, or most of North Carolina with advanced notice

Past Grand Master, Past Master of Bula Lodge No. 409, Board of Directors of the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, and WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community at Greensboro

Available Programs: 1) Masonic Home for Children at Oxford; 2) WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community at Greensboro

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Shaun Bradshaw (LIMITED AVAILABILITY IN 2017)

(DUE TO SCHEDULING BRO. SHAUN IS LIMITED IN THE NUMBER OF PROGRAMS HE CAN PRESENT IN 2017)

Greensboro, NC--2 hour travel radius

Past Master of Stokesdale Lodge No. 428, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officer

Available Programs: 1) Can/Shall/Will: An Esoteric Interpretation of Grand Master Hiram Abiff's Words at the South, West, and East Gates; 2) A Christian Explanation of the Blue Lodge Degrees; 3) Making Good Men Better: An Interactive Discussion of ways to fulfill the mission of Freemasonry; 4) The Beauty of Balance - An open discussion of the meaning of “balance”; 5) The Tyler's Place: An introduction to one interpretation of the rich symbolism associated with the Tyler.

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Richard Shields

Monroe, NC--can cover most of the State within reason

Past Master and Past Secretary of Waxhaw Lodge No. 562, member of Civil War Lodge of Masonic Research No. 1865 (Grand Lodge of Virginia)

Available Program: Freemasonry During Wartime: Stories of how Homes and Lives were saved on the Battlefield through Masonic Intervention

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Kevin Otis

Oxford, NC--can cover most of the State and its borderlands within reason

Administrator of the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, member of Oxford Lodge No. 122 and Orphans Lodge No. 761

Available Program: The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford: a Review of the Home's Success in Preparing 10,000 for a Better Future

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D. "Mack" Sigmon

Newton, NC--can cover most of the State within reason

Past Master of Catawba Lodge No. 248, Past Grand Lecturer, Dean of Admissions of Wilkerson College, Grand Lodge Officer

Available Programs: 1) The Baltimore Convention of 1843: An overview of the convention that changed Freemasonry in America; 2) A History of the Masonic Ritual in North Carolina; 3) Communication: the proper usage and meaning of the words in our ritual; 4) Avouchment and Visitation

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Larry Thompson

Salisbury, NC—1 hour travel radius

Master of Sophia Lodge No. 767, Past Master of Blackmer Lodge No. 127 and Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officer

Available Programs: 1) Wilkerson College: An overview of North Carolina's College of Freemasonry; 2) Traditional Observance Lodges: An overview of "observant" lodges and their growing popularity 3) J.C. Penney: Businessman, Philanthropist and Freemason

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Mike Daniels (LIMITED SCHEDULING IN 2017)

(DUE TO SCHEDULING BRO. MIKE IS LIMITED IN THE NUMBER OF PROGRAMS HE CAN PRESENT IN 2017)

Archdale, NC—can cover most of the State within reason

Past Master of Bush Hill Lodge No. 732, Officer of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of North Carolina

Available Programs: 1) The Eyes Have It: An exploration of the symbolism of the Eye of Providence; 2) The Celtic Cross: Ancient Wisdom from an ancient symbol; 3) The Secret Supper: hidden meanings in DaVinci's art; 4) Spear-shaker: Masonic References in Shakespeare; 5) Symbolism of the Great Seal of the United States; 6) Signs and Wonders: Columbus, Astronomy, Washington D.C., and the story behind their mystical union; 7) Architect of Dreams: the life and works of Jules Verne

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James Howell

Gastonia, NC—1 hour travel radius

Master of Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, Past Master of King Solomon Lodge No. 704, member of Wayne Lodge No. 112 and Sophia Lodge No. 767

Available Programs: 1) Last Designs Upon the Trestleboard: Documenting your Masonic last wishes; 2) Masonic Rings: Points Up or Down?; 3) The York Rite: The organization, degrees system, and ritual of the York Rite in North Carolina; 4) Why the Hat? A brief history of the Worshipful Master’s headgear; 5) Forget Me Not: A history of the symbolism of a pale blue flower

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J. Currie Pendleton

Faith, NC—1.5 hour travel radius

Past Master of Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 576, Senior Deacon of Sophia Lodge No. 767

Available Programs: 1) The Adept Program: An Introduction to Grand Lodge's Self-Study Program on the Philosophical meaning of Freemasonry; 2) Allegory and Symbolism: The Hidden Meaning of Masonic Ritual; 3) Life in a Third World Nation: Life as a Professional Guide, Tracker, Conciege, Game Manager, and Big Game Hunter in southern Africa

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Ludwik Wodka

Morrisville, NC—2 hour travel radius

Past Master of Cary Lodge No. 198, District Deputy Grand Lecturer

Available Programs: 1) The Curious Case of David Vinton: An overview of the career of past Grand Lecturer Vinton, who assisted with the creation of the Bahnson Manual; 2) Echoes of Antiquity: Vitruvius and the Winding Stair Lecture; 3) The Evolution of North Carolina’s Masonic Ritual

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Chris Richardson

Oxford, NC—will travel State-wide

Eastern Region Director of Development, North Carolina Masonic Foundation

Available Programs: Various topics relating to the MHC at Oxford, including charitable fundraising, operations, and the Home’s significance within the local community and state

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Jim Medlin

Kings Mountain, NC—central and western North Carolina

Past Master of East LaPorte Lodge No. 358, Chairman of the Commission on Subordinate Lodge’s Special Activities

Available Programs: 1) Fundraising in Your Lodge: The Do’s and Don’t of Raising Funds for Charity; 2) Why I am a Mason: Freemasonry’s impact on my life; 3) “Born in Blood”: The book that changed Masonic thought

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J. David Cashion

Highlands, NC—2 hour travel radius

Past Master of Blue Ridge Lodge No. 435 and Glenville Lodge No. 551, MHC Board of Directors, Committee on Masonic Education, Board of General Purposes

Available Programs: 1) Fund Raising: Practical knowledge and application of the Grand Lodge’s guidelines and Code Regulations concerning fundraising; 2) The Northeast Corner: The Meaning of the northeast in our ritual; 3) Who was Tubal Caine? The meaning behind the name; 4) A Point within a Square: that part of our lecture often overlooked in operative form

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William "Bill" Brunk

Cornelius, NC—can cover most of the State within reason

Past Grand Master, Past Master of Hiram Lodge No. 40, Board of Directors of WhiteStone, Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Orient of North Carolina of the A&ASR

Available Programs: 1) The Role of Freemasonry in Today’s World; 2) The Relationship of the Rites to Blue Lodge Masonry

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Speed Hallman

Hillsborough, NC—two hour travel radius

Grand Lodge Officer, Past Master of Eagle Lodge No. 19, Board of Directors of WhiteStone

Available Programs: 1) Tar Heel Freemasons and the University of the People: A Masonic history of the University of North Carolina; 2) A Brief History of Eagle Lodge No. 19

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Mark Kolada

Greensboro, NC—will travel statewide

Administrator of the WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community, member of Mosaic Lodge No. 762, Gate City Lodge No. 694, and MESH Lodge Under Dispensation, member of MESH Chapter No. 379 of the Order of the Eastern Star

Available Programs: Overview of WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community

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Robert Rideout

Zebulon, NC—30 mile travel radius

Past Master of Whitestone Lodge No. 155, member of Canada Lodge UD, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Chairman of the Grand Lodge Committee of Appeals

Available Programs: 1) The Code: The Law of Freemasonry; 2) Masonic History: A General History of the Oldest Fraternity in the World

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Steven Campbell

Mt. Gilead, NC—will cover most of the State with enough notice

Grand Historian, member of Blackmer Lodge No. 127 and Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760

Available Programs: Many topics avaliable including Masonic and military histories and biographies. See list for overview.

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Robert J. Morrell, Jr.

Jacksonville, NC—50 mile travel radius

Master of Semper Fidelis Lodge No. 680, member of Knights of Solomon Lodge No. 766

Available Programs: 1) A Laudable Pursuit: A Studied Approach to Improving the Health of Freemasonry; 2) Masonic Bible--Unknown Facts, Trivia, and the Construction of the Masonic Bible

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Steven "Doc" V. Cates

Eden, NC—100 mile travel radius pro bono, statewide if mileage and lodging provided

Past Master of Leaksville Lodge No. 136 and member of Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past District Deputy Grand Lecturer, Past Chairman of the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Education

Available Programs: 1) The History of the Masonic Apron: Its Origins and Ties to Masonry; 2) The Historical Significance of the Cable Tow to Masonry; 3) The Masonic Ties to Ancient Israel: Origins of Hebrew Characters and Their Place in Modern Day Ritual; 4) Masonic Uses of Old and New Testament Scripture; 5) The Masonic origins of "Free and Accepted" Masons: It is Not What You Think; 6) The Dark Side of Masonry: Our Good Brother- Jack the Ripper; 7) The History of the Masonic Ironclad: USS Baron DeKalb; 8) How Do You Measure Up? An Examination of the Entered Apprentice Degree; 9) The Hell Fire Club and It's Ties to Free Masonry; 10) The History of The Mason's Daughter and Mason's Wife Degrees

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Chris Wilhoit

Conover, NC—100 mile travel radius

Master of Catawba Lodge No. 248 and member of Sophia Lodge No. 767

Available Programs: 1) The Lodge System of Masonic Education: The Usefulness and Implementation of the LSME in a Group Setting; 2) A View from the North: Contemplations from a "Place of Darkness"

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Mike Kenlan

Chapel Hill, NC—50 mile travel radius

Past Master of Columbus Lodge No. 102 and Mosaic Lodge No. 726, member of Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, District Deputy Grand Master

Available Program: The Masonic Aspects of the Forty-seventh Problem of Euclid

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Stephen "Steve" R. Barrell

Durham, NC—Please contact for availability

Member of Mosaic Lodge No. 762 and State College Lodge U.D., Grand Lodge Library Committee

Available Programs: 1) Is the Widow's Son a Geometry Lesson?; 2) Immortal Remains: The Point in the Circle; 3) Music in the Bahnson Manual: Not What you Thought it Was

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Robert E. Gresham

Mt. Gilead, NC—1.5 hour travel radius

Past Grand Master 2012, Past Master of Albemarle Lodge No. 703 and member of Shalotte Lodge No. 727 and MESH Lodge U.D.

Available Programs: The North Carolina Masonic Foundation, A Foundation for the Future

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Johnny Surles

Trenton, NC—can cover most of the State within reason

Twice Past Master of Zion Lodge No. 81, member of Knights of Solomon Lodge No. 766, and Lux Libertas Lodge U.D., Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past President of the Camp Lejune Chapter of National Sojourners, Past Commander of the Tun Tavern Heroes of '76

Available Programs: 1) The Jewels of Zion; 2) The Story of D.B. Cooper: The true story of the D.B. Cooper skyjacking; 3) A True Mason, Roscoe Barrus, founder of Zion Lodge; 4) Masonic Etiquette

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George D. Barrier

Charlotte, NC—150 mile travel radius

Past Master of Derita Lodge No. 715, member of Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, Knights of Solomon Lodge No. 764, and Sophia Lodge No. 767, Chairman Grand Lodge ad-hoc Masonic Music Committee, member of the Committee on Masonic Education

Available Programs: 1) The "Bahnson" Manual Odes as Ritual; 2) Brother Wallace Hartley: A story of heroism and compassion of four Brother Mason musicians; 3) The Power of Ritual; 4) Hidden in Plain Sight: The story of our North Carolina Masonic musical heritage

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Richard J. Smith

Pilot Mountain, NC—50 mile travel radius

Past Grand Historian, Past Master of Pilot Lodge No. 493 and a charter member of Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Wilkerson College Instructor

Available Programs: 1) Lodge Motivation: Ideas to Increase Lodge Involvement; 2) Masonic Education: Materials to Further Education in our Lodges

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Dewey R. Preslar

Salisbury, NC—100 mile travel radius

Past Grand Master, Past Master of Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 576, charter member of Orphans Lodge No. 761 and Sophia Lodge No. 767, Past President of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford

Available Programs: Overview of the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford

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David Potts

Salisbury, NC—1 hour travel radius

Past Grand Lecturer, Past Master of Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 576, member of Fulton Lodge No. 99 and Sophia Lodge No. 767

Available Programs: 1) Coaching the Candidate: A Guide to Coaching New Masons; 2) The OSW and Vocabulary: How they Work and What They Mean; 3) The Bahnson Manual: North Carolina's Masonic Monitor

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David E. Ozvat

Ocean Isle Beach, NC—can cover most of the state within reason

Past Master of York Lodge No. 563 (Worthington, Ohio), founding member of Art & Sciences Lodge No. 797 (Hilliard, Ohio) and Shallotte Lodge No. 727

Available Programs: 1) The Symbolism of the Entered Apprentice Degree 2) Further Light in Masonry: An Examination of the Traditional Observance Lodge Movement in the United States

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Marc Fusco

Raleigh, NC—1.5 hour travel radius

Member of J.J. Crowder Lodge No. 743

Available Programs: 1) Masonic Astronauts in the US Space Program; 2) Masonic Philosophy; 3) Non-Masonic Space related topics; 4) Medieval and Renaissance World Views

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Mike Cashion

Morrisville, NC—180 mile travel radius

Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past Master of William G. Hill Lodge No. 218 and Charity Lodge No. 5, member of Sophia Lodge No. 767, State College Lodge U.D., and MESH Lodge U.D.

Available Programs: 1) WhiteStone: a Masonic and Eastern Star Community: A History and Overview of North Carolina's Masonic Retirement Community; 2) New Member retention: Ways to Engage New Members and Keep them Motivated; 3) What Will Your Year Be Like? Confessions of a Past Master

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Douglas Caudle

Statesville, NC—2 hour travel radius

Past Grand Master, Past Master of Statesville Lodge No. 27, and current Master of Sophia Lodge No. 767

Available Programs: 1) Lodge Etiquette; 2) Your Grand Lodge; 3) Traditional Observance Lodges

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Randy Browning

Mt. Gilead, NC—50 mile travel radius

Past Master of Blackmer Lodge No. 127, Wilkerson College Lodge No. 760, and Sophia Lodge No. 767

Available Programs: 1) Pushing Back Against the Darkness: Freemasons in Colonial North Carolina; 2) A Rush To Judgement: How the Morgan Affair Changed American Freemasonry

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